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Privacy policy and privacy statements for this website.

Your privacy

Your privacy is important to us and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland will process your personal data, in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25 May 2018.

Our Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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Site usage information


The site and some of the tools and services we link to use cookies. You can find more information on these cookies by following this link.

How we use cookies.

What happens when I link to another site?

We doe not pass on to any other site any personal information you have given.

The site contains links to other websites, both of government departments and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to the this site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any other site(s) which may collect personal information about you.

We do not pass on to any other site any personal information you have given.

What happens when I come to this site from another site?

Where you are directed to this site from another site (whether a third party site or a government site) we may receive personal information relating to you from the other site(s). You should read the privacy policies for these sites as these will govern the use of any personal information that you provide and which is then provided to nidirect.

Access to your information and contacting us

If you wish to see the nidirect records of any email correspondence with you, within the last three months, or if you have a query or complaint about this privacy policy or about the site, you can contact us using this email address:

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, an updated version will be placed on this page.


We use cookies to help you experience our website. We’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the website. However, if you prefer, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

What are cookies?

Delivering services over the Internet sometimes involves placing small amounts of information, known as browser “cookies“, on your computer mobile phone or tablet. Cookies are used to improve services for you by:

  • enabling a service to recognise your computer so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so that popular services can be made easier and faster to use
  • analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

What do cookies look like?

If you click on a cookie you’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the website server that gave you the cookie.
How we use cookies

This website uses a variety of cookies. The NIDirect website provides more details about why cookies are used and how long they will last.

How to manage your cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by any website, you can do this through your Internet browser settings. Your browser is the way you access the internet – common browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how you can restrict or block cookies.

For information on how to restrict or block cookies on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Alternatively, you will also find details on how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more general information about cookies, on the About Cookies website.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the way our website works for you.

How we use cookies

This site uses a number of cookies. These cookies are listed below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use the site. We do this to make sure it is meeting people’s needs and to understand how we could meet those needs better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal details such as your name or address. We cannot identify who you are.

We do not allow Google or Webtrends to use or share any information we collect with other third parties.

Google Analytics

Name of cookie Typical content Expires
__utma randomly generated number 2 years
__utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
__utmx randomly generated number 18 months
__utmxx randomly generated number 18 months
__utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Further information on cookies set by Google Analytics.